Art in Second Life 2021 (123) The path by Bamboo Barnes

I got an invitation to see Bamboo Barnes newest exhibtion “The path” at ArtCare Gallery.

The gallery space at ArtCare Gallery is a large quatratic room. Bamboo placed her picture at all four walls. But the walls are also decorated with other objects, pieces of walls, stones. 3D-objects are placed in the corners, one is colourful and contains Bamboo Barnes’ biography. The large free space in the center is obviously used for events and limited by figures that remind of display dummies. In the bodies of these display dummies you can see other pictures of Bamboo, the heads are like ballons and spin. Also in there you can recognize something.

Impressions of “The path” by Bamboo Barnes at ArtCare Gallery (1)

The pictures at the walls, no surprise, are in the typcial style of Bamboo. All pictures show female faces or upper bodies under a layer of coloured abstract forms or objects. By the layers the pictures also develop a 3rd dimension. In the accompanying notecard Bamboo shared her thoughts about “The path”:

As I walk through the morning mist, I see a person standing far ahead of me. I’m sure that person is confused, does he want to go on or not? I turn my head and see the tips of the person’s shoes, brown suede. A person whose past has caught up with him. People who want to go back but don’t know the way anymore. In the fog, there is a path to nowhere. Where do we go? Where do you go?

Impressions of “The path” by Bamboo Barnes at ArtCare Gallery (2)

I personally can’t combine Bamboo’s thoughts with the picture featured at “The path”. Just a few pictures have something to do with a path, like the one with the arrows in the picture above. What I see are the wonderful colourful pictures of Bamboo Barnes, each of them invites me to immerse into it and to let my mind wander. I’m atrracted by her art and choice of colours.

Bamboo is in Second Life for over 14 years already, painting software & photoshop are her best friends. Bamboo had many exhibtions and appearances in the Second Life art scene and in 2018 she had her first exhibition in real life: “I create what I see but maybe you won’t, they are about people’s reality and  mind.” Bamboo’s art is a mixture of abstract forms, of people and photographs. Most pictures are colourful and it is in the eye of the beholder what we see in her pictures. I myself saw her work the first time at La Maison d’Aneli during the Holiday season 2019/2020 (read here). I also saw her exhibition “Marginal Mannerism” at DixMixGallery in April 2021 (read here), the exhibition “Meant to be” at Itakos Art Gallery last year (read here), I saw “Conjure” at FOCUS Magazine F.A.I.R Gallery in August 2021 (read here), “Mindstorm” at IMAGO Land (read here) and just recently “Drawer” at Hannington Arts Foundation (read here). I also had a look at her flickr page.

Impressions of “The path” by Bamboo Barnes at ArtCare Gallery (3)

ArtCare Gallery is owned and curated by Carelyna. Thank you Carelyna for providing the space for the art and for enabling “The path” by Bamboo Barnes. I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to ArtCare Gallery – level 4
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sweetest%20Thing/143/202/1535
Bamboo Barnes’ flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bamboobarnes/

Art in Second Life 2021 (119) Clay & Seed

Akiko Kinoshi (Akiko Kiyori) invited me to the opening of a new exhibtion at her sim Akimori on Sunday, December 5th. I had seen there “The Borderless Project” this Summer and wrote a blogpost series about it (read here part I, part II, part III and part IV). The new exhibition is called “Clay & Seed“.

I could not attend the opening itself and went there already the day before the official opening party. Akiko had told me that the exhibition was already open. With the invitation I got a notecard with the landmark, a notecard about the exhibition and a notecard with information about each participating artist: Haveit Neox, Bamboo Barnes and Lilia Artis.

Clay & Seed is “a collaboration of art, utilizing 3D, 2D, and Text. For the Clay & Seed exhibit, Bamboo Barnes chose to focus on 2D artwork, Lilia Artis on poetry, and Haveit Neox on sculpture and architecture. The goal was to have these disciplines unite into a single work, which in this case of three like-minded artists, occurred organically.

Haveit’s galleries provide the supporting walls for Bamboo’s imagery, while Lilia’s poetry garnishes the windows of these clay buildings and thus closes the circle. During the process, each artist’s work contained a seed of inspiration for the other two. Being admirers of each other’s works for many years, it seems destiny smiled on these three with the opportunity to share their visions together and in an art region that inspired their creativity.

Describing the erosion of the environment and human relationships, the work of all three artists explores the fields of destruction, growth, abuse, hope, gratefulness, and loneliness.

The landing is in the center of the installation on a little platform with three trees. A few chairs invite to sit down and to have a first view on the artwork. It is in the skies. Two big buildings, which reminded me of cathedrals, caught my eyes first. The two buildings are the galleries. Between the two buildings are several platforms in the form of dishes. They seem to be supported by many beings among others also mermaids. On the dishes are 3D art objects. You also see paths that lead the visitor around and along the paths are more 3D art objects.

Clay & Seed – Impressions (1): First views on Haveit Neox’ artwork

At the landing point you can grab presents from the three artists, art that you can use to display at home. I started to explore the installation. All 3D objects were made by Haveit Neox. In the accompanying notecard Haveit wrote about himself:
I feel that I grew up in a garden. Nearly always a barefoot kid with stained feet from the earth, I constructed primitive cities with yard debris, mud, and twigs. Colorful paint and cutout pictures from magazines enriched the surfaces. Later I fashioned cities of fired clay and glazes. Interior and exterior spaces fascinated me as I observed bugs take up residence. I also drew cities on paper and long scrolls. The cities advanced from their mud origins to painted scrolls, and ceramics.
In Real Life, I have displayed my artworks mainly in Los Angeles, New York, and a couple shows in Paris. The theme is often based on urban settings of my own invention. In December 2009, I was led to the virtual world of Second Life. As a child, a strong and recurrent fantasy was miniature people populating my cities. Avatars fulfill that dream. The spaces I make in SL receive real people in their pixel guise. In the context of the city, the interior and exterior spaces hold my artwork, and are themselves a habitable exhibit.

Clay & Seed – Impressions (2): Haveit Neox’ artwork

There’s a lot to discover and to see. For example you find the small clay cities, you find artful beings like horses, fishes, mermaids, fantasy beings, you find smaller 3D art pieces where several layers build the 3D effect. And the 2 galleries of course.

Some of Haveit Neox’ sims and buildings still can be seen in Second Life – something on my list of places to visit: Acc Alpha (also known as the city of Accentaury), QeddoQ, Sparquerry and Centaurs’ Hall.
On vimeo you can watch a video about Haveit’s RL clay artwork and about Accentaury: Accentaury Tour 2014. On the sim of ACC Alpha, Accentaury, City Center 2016.

At the entrance of both gallery buildings are storks that hold boards with the poems of Lilia Artis. As mentioned above, poems are also in the windows of the two gallery buildings. They aer kind of a connecting element between Haveit Neox’ 3D art and buildings and Bamboo Barnes’ pictures that are exhibited inside of the galleries.

Clay & Seed – Impressions (3): Lilia Artis’ poems

spit out

you look at me
showing yellow teeth
I see cities tumble
out of your open mouth
and remnants of corpses

your foul breath crawls
over my body that is locked in place
to witness you gobbling down empires
and spitting them out again
only to tell me who I am

Lilia Artis writes about herself:
My RL artwork stepped into the background when I discovered the love of writing, which has become my main career. Coming into SL however, rekindled the passion for the paths of colours, light, pattern and structure. And so, I merge both interests into my virtual art, be it 2D, 3D or machinima. During my creative voyage all these years I noticed how much my virtual art inspired the exploration of my RL artwork and vice versa, often one leading to the other. In the beginning I was neck deep into painting with acrylics and water colours and drawing. When I later learned to weld metal and to sculpt stone and wood, I discovered my love of creating 3D objects. At first it only led to learning the goldsmith craft and creating my own jewelry. But I was hooked and seeing what you can do with prims in SL felt like such a similar process, minus the damaged fingers. I will never forget the joy of building my first simple virtual installations made of prims. Again several years later, learning to sculpt with 3D software led to learning to sculpt with clay in RL, something I would never have considered otherwise. But I wanted to create faces, something that fascinates me most…
I have done solo and collaborative exhibitions in galleries and at events in Second Life. For a while my main focus concerning artwork was on machinima. I teamed up with Haveit Neox and we expanded to RL art projects as well, which we will continue into the future. Since 2015 in SL I focused on building together with Haveit Neox the Arts & Entertainment region for Fantasy Faire.
There are still video’s available of Lilia Artis’ machimas, which were made for the UWA art challenges, 2015 & 2014: ‘Tis an Egg, touching white and Striding – unknown Roads.

Clay & Seed – Impressions (4): Bamboo Barnes’ artwork

Inside of the galleries are Bamboo Barnes pictures. I never saw that many pictures of her than in this exhibtion. There are around 30 pictures in each of the two buildings.
Bamboo is in Second Life for over 14 years already, painting software & photoshop are her best friends. Bamboo had many exhibtions and appearances in the Second Life art scene and in 2018 she had her first exhibition in real life: “I create what I see but maybe you won’t, they are about people’s reality and  mind.” Bamboo’s art is a mixture of abstract forms, of people and photographs. Most pictures are colourful and it is in the eye of the beholder what we see in her pictures. I myself saw her work the first time at La Maison d’Aneli during the Holiday season 2019/2020 (read here). I also saw her exhibition “Marginal Mannerism” at DixMixGallery in April 2021 (read here), the exhibition “Meant to be” at Itakos Art Gallery last year (read here), I saw “Conjure” at FOCUS Magazine F.A.I.R Gallery in August 2021 (read here), I saw “Mindstorm” at IMAGO Land (read here), and just recently I saw her exhibition “Drawer” at Hannington Arts Foundation (read here). I also had a look at her flickr page.

Clay & Seed – Impressions (5): Bamboo Barnes’ artwork

The broad range of themes is intriguing. There are pictures that remind of Mediterrean cities painted in water colour and artfully processed in Bamboo’s way. There are faces under several layers so that the spectator has to dive into the picture, there are pure abstract cretions as well as pictures of art objects. You have to see them yourself – and you need time to get all the details. Each of the two buildings would be worth a seperate visit.
But that’s not all…. Looking down I could see another platform. It is connected to the art installation “Clay & Seed” with a long row of horses which winds up from there to the platform. I did not check if you could walk up and down, I think it is more another art object, that connects the world below with “Clay & Seed” in the sky. On the lower level is another art installation of Bamboo Barnes, this time in 3D. I didn’t find a name or anything about it. The installation consists of boxes, mirror boxes and ice cubes. As you could expect it, it hs very colourful. You can walk inside and suddently you’re completely in another world. Whereever your look at you see Bamboo’s art.
In the outside Bamboo added some geometrical forms and objects .. and you can sit down for a break and a chair. This chair is one of the gifts you could grab at the landing of “Clay & Seed” – and it is now also at my homeplace.

Below “Clay & Seed” – Bamboo Barnes’ Boxes

Visiting “Clay & Seed” made my Saturday an art day! I enjoyed my visit, reading about the artists and writing about this great installation. Thank you Akiko Kinoshi (Akiko Kiyori) for your kind invitation as well as for providing the space for the arts. Thank you Haveit Neox, Bamboo Barnes and Lilia Artis for your artwork.
According to Akiko “Clay & Seed” will be availabe for a visit for several months.

Landmark to Clay & Seed @ Akimori
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Akimori/189/86/1740

Haveit Neox Acc Alpha (also known as the city of Accentaury)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ACC%20Alpha/236/208/54
Haveit Neox QeddoQ
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/qeddoq/110/118/32
Haveit Neox Sparquerry
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sparquerry/128/128/28
Haveit Neox Centaurs’ Hall
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Verdigris/209/75/66
Haveit Neox RL clay artwork
https://vimeo.com/281525163
Haveit Neox Accentaury Tour 2014. On the sim of ACC Alpha
https://vimeo.com/115370393
Haveit Neox Accentaury, City Center 2016
https://vimeo.com/195723654
Lilia Artis ‘Tis an Egg
https://vimeo.com/143798263
Lilia Artis touching white
https://vimeo.com/144233680
Lilia Artis Striding – unknown Roads
https://vimeo.com/110392433
Bamboo Barnes’ flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bamboobarnes/

Art in Second Life 2021 (109) Drawer by Bamboo Barnes

I got an invitation to see Bamboo Barnes newest exhibtion “Drawer” at Hannington Arts Foundation.

The provided landmark leads you to the central landing point at Hannington Arts Foundation (HAF) from where you can take a direct teleport to the exhibition “Drawer” by Bamboo Barnes. Right next to where you land at the exhibtion, you can grab a notecard from Bamboo Barnes and a notecard with the biography of Bamboo.

In the notecard Bamboo Barnes shared her thoughts about “Drawer” with the visitor:
Drawer that don’t close properly.
Drawer that you no longer use.
A faded picture stuck in the back, ton messed wrinkled one.
You’ve forgotten what was like but the smell comes back.
For the days you have loved close your eyes, close the drawer.

Drawer” consists of about 20 pictures, in the typcial style of Bamboo. All pictures show female faces or upper bodies (just one shows several female bodies) under a layer of coloured abstract forms or objects or other pictures, thus providing several levels of how to look at the pictures. By the layers the pictures also develop a 3rd dimension. And – as you can expect it from Bamboo Barnes, the pictures are all very colourful.

Impressions of “Drawer” by Bamboo Barnes (1) – Spell (upper left), Breath (upper right), Bad habbit (lower left), Twin tails (lower right)

Looking a the pictures you can get lost in thoughts, trying to find the lowest layer, to grasp what is behind the objects. Instinctively your view is led to the spots where you can’t recognize what is behind and you try to add it in your mind, to fill the pictures. I like Bamboo’s comparision with a drawer, you try to open it to find out more.
I recommend that your hoover with your mouse over the pictures to see the name of each picture. That adds another thought of the the artist and yes, it fits!

Bamboo is in Second Life for over 14 years already, painting software & photoshop are her best friends. Bamboo had many exhibtions and appearances in the Second Life art scene and in 2018 she had her first exhibition in real life: “I create what I see but maybe you won’t, they are about people’s reality and  mind.” Bamboo’s art is a mixture of abstract forms, of people and photographs. Most pictures are colourful and it is in the eye of the beholder what we see in her pictures. I myself saw her work the first time at La Maison d’Aneli during the Holiday season 2019/2020 (read here). I also saw her exhibition “Marginal Mannerism” at DixMixGallery in April 2021 (read here), the exhibition “Meant to be” at Itakos Art Gallery last year (read here), I saw “Conjure” at FOCUS Magazine F.A.I.R Gallery in August 2021 (read here) and just recently I saw “Mindstorm” at IMAGO Land (read here). I also had a look at her flickr page.

Impressions of “Drawer” by Bamboo Barnes (2) – Orbit (upper left), The limit (upper right), Walls (lower left), Sonne (lower right)

Hannington Arts Foundation (HAF) is owned by Hannington Xeltentat. Thank you Hannington for providing the space for the art and for enabling “Drawer” by Bamboo Barnes. I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to Hannington Arts Foundation
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xeltentat%20Enterprises/122/126/3427
Bamboo Barnes’ flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bamboobarnes/

Art in Second Life 2021 (104) Mindstorm by Bamboo Barnes

I got an invitation to see Bamboo Barnes newest exhibtion “Mindstorm” at IMAGO Land – gallery 3, that opened October 6th.
I had visited IMAGO Land in April 2021 the first time (read here). IMAGO Land is a moderate homestead owned Mareea Farrasco. There are several skyboxes that are used for exhibitions. Bamboo Barnes exhibtion “Mindstorm” is in gallery 3. If the direct landmark doesn’t bring you to the skybox, use the teleporter at the landing point to get to gallery 3. And if you’re there – don’t miss out to see the other galleries and IMAGO Land itself.

Back to “Mindstorm” by Bamboo Barnes. The exhibition consists of about 15 pictures arranged along the walls of a large squared exhibition room. In the center is a big dance floor, I assume it was used for the opening event. The inside area is decorated with huge golden figures that liven up scenery.

All pictures show female faces or upper bodies under a layer of coloured abstract forms or objects or other pictures, thus providing several levels of how to look at the pictures. By the layers the pictures also develop a 3rd dimension. And – as I had expected it from Bamboo Barnes, the pictures are all very colourful.

Impressions of “Mindstorm” by Bamboo Barnes (1)

Bamboo wrote about “Mindstorm” in the accompanying notecard that she had been working on this eries of pictures for several years. She added a short text, that conveys her own feelings about “Mindstorm“:

“When you are feeling low, isolated, misunderstood.
Look at your disturbed soul pretending it’s never hurts,
the ocean of the pain’s roar to sweep all the goodness from you so you can feel the bottom.
Like the wind & the tide, there are no keys to open the sea, keep you face over the surface to keep the breath.
When the sun’s up your skin is dry, start feel it’s in the past, then the life goes on, there’s another day.

Don’t know what will come tomorrow, beneath the surface there is mindstorm.

Wish the best for you.
Bamboo Barnes”

Impressions of “Mindstorm” by Bamboo Barnes (2)

Bamboo is in Second Life for over 14 years already, painting software & photoshop are her best friends. Bamboo had many exhibtions and appearances in the Second Life art scene and in 2018 she had her first exhibition in real life: “I create what I see but maybe you won’t, they are about people’s reality and  mind.” Bamboo’s art is a mixture of abstract forms, of people and photographs. Most pictures are colourful and it is in the eye of the beholder what we see in her pictures. I myself saw her work the first time at La Maison d’Aneli during the Holiday season 2019/2020 (read here). I also saw her exhibition “Marginal Mannerism” at DixMixGallery in April 2021 (read here), the exhibition “Meant to be” at Itakos Art Gallery last year (read here) and I saw “Conjure” at OCUS Magazine F.A.I.R Gallery in August 2021 (read here). I also had a look at her flickr page.

Impressions of “Mindstorm” by Bamboo Barnes (3)

Thank you, Mareea Farrasco for providing the space for the arts at IMAGO Land. Thank you Bamboo for another great exhibtion of your artwork. The exhibtion will stay open until end of November,

Landmark to IMAGO Land – Gallery 3 – “Mindstorm” by Bamboo Barnes
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Broken%20Mountain/128/136/2003
Bamboo Barnes’ flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bamboobarnes/

Art in Second Life 2021 (78) Conjure by Bamboo Barnes

I visited the exhibition “Conjure” by Bamboo Barnes on the 2nd floor of the FOCUS Magazine F.A.I.R Gallery.

In her exhibtion “Conjure” Bammboo features about 10 different pictures on the 4 walls of the exhibition room. Each wall has a different focus. On one wall Bamboo plays with different presentations of one and the same portrait of a woman. The 3 pictures are framed in different colours. Above the picture Bamboo placed several additional frames erratically and these frames change their colour permanently. Watching the changes the 3 pictures do look different and the expression of them change. It’s quite intriguing. One wall is used for just one big abstract picture with a female portrait in the background shining through, colorful as all of Bamboo’s pictures are.

Impressions of “Conjure” by Bamboo Barnes (1)

Bamboo has designed a collage of her pictures on another wall. Three female portraits, along with frames and coloured squares. You can see her specific style as the pictures seem to consist of several layers printed which tampers the original portrait. It is still recognizable, but you have to immerse into the picture and add what you can’t see.

Impressions of “Conjure” by Bamboo Barnes (2)

The last wall features three pictures, again female portraits party highly tampered, resulting in a mixture of a portrait and an abstract painting. Finally there’s also something to watch in the center of the exhibtion room, 4 red vertical tubes – a female portrait sliding over the surface and vanishing.

 

Impressions of “Conjure” by Bamboo Barnes (3)

Once again Bamboo’s pictures facinate with their colours and the playful mixture of styles and techniques. Yet, Bamboo’s signature is recognizable in every picture.

Bamboo is in Second Life for over 14 years already, painting software & photoshop are her best friends. Bamboo had many exhibtions and appearances in the Second Life art scene and in 2018 she had her first exhibition in real life: “I create what I see but maybe you won’t, they are about people’s reality and  mind.” Bamboo’s art is a mixture of abstract forms, of people and photographs. Most pictures are colourful and it is in the eye of the beholder what we see in her pictures. I myself saw her work the first time at La Maison d’Aneli during the Holiday season 2019/2020 (read here). I also saw her exhibition “Marginal Mannerism” at DixMixGallery in April 2021 (read here) and the exhibition “Meant to be” at Itakos Art Gallery last year (read here). And I had a look at her flickr page.

Thank you all who enabled this exhibtion. I enjoyed my visit and seeing Bamboo’s art. The exhibition “Conjure” by Bamboo Barnes shall stay open until End of August.

Landmark to FOCUS Gallery FAIR Gallery – Conjure by Bamboo Barnes
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Holly%20Kai%20Estates/165/70/28
Bamboo Barnes’ flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bamboobarnes/

Art in Second Life 2021 (39) Marginal Mannerism by Bamboo Barnes

I visited the exhibition “Marginal Mannerism” by Bamboo Barnes in room Amalfia at DixMix Gallery.

Mannerism, also known as Late Renaissance, is a style in European art that emerged in the later years of the Italian High Renaissance around 1520, spreading by about 1530 and lasting until about the end of the 16th century in Italy, when the Baroque style largely replaced it.” (source wikipedia)

For this exhibition I would refer to another definition that I found in the German wikipedia and that fits far better for “Marginal Mannerism” by Bamboo Barnes: Mannerism is based on the idea that an artist should develop and emphasize his very own style, the “maniera”. The artist uses all technical possibilities to achieve an extreme design.

Impressions of “Marginal Mannerism” by Bamboo Barnes at DixMix Gallery

In this sense the exhibition features 10 pictures of Bamboo that represent her very own style, colourful and strong in their expresssion. They all show faces either alienated and or overlayed by other textures or structures. The spectator has to decide where to focus on and thus immerses deeper into the art. And yes, Bamboo Barnes has developed her strong own signature style.

Bamboo is in Second Life for over 14 years already, painting software & photoshop are her best friends. Bamboo had many exhibtions and appearances in the Second Life art scene and in 2018 she had her first exhibition in real life: “I create what I see but maybe you won’t, they are about people’s reality and  mind.” Bamboo’s art is a mixture of abstract forms, of people and photographs. Most pictures are colourful and it is in the eye of the beholder what we see in her pictures. I myself saw her work the first time at La Maison d’Aneli during the Holiday season 2019/2020 (read here). I also saw her exhibtion “Meant to be” at Itakos Art Gallery last year (read here). And I had a look at her flickr page.

“Who knows” by Bamboo Barnes

Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan for building it and for contributing at it. I enjoyed my visit and seeing Bamboo’s art. The exhibition “Marginal Mannerism” by Bamboo Barnes will stay open until May 28th.

Landmark to Dixmix Gallery 2020
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
DixMix Gallery website
https://www.dixmixgallery.xyz/
Bamboo Barnes’ flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bamboobarnes/

Art in Second Life 2020 (57) DixMix Gallery September/October 2020

I got an invite from Violet Boa to attend the opening of the new DixMix Gallery, which was yesterday, September 19th. As I have other activities in Second Life at night, I couldn’t attend and visited today.

The “new” DixMix Gallery? I didn’t know the old one nor did I have come across DixMix Source, who onws the gallery, before.

Six month ago Dixmix convinced his friend and builder Megan Prumier to build a brand-new Gallery. Everything started with a drawing, became a 3D model and step by step, prim after prim, all has been thought and built to show pictures in the best way and make visitors catch that important feeling. The new gallery has the same surface as the old one, but it looks bigger because space is used differently. On the lower floor are three Photography Gallery Rooms dedicated to three very important friends of Dixmix Source: Amona, Abby and Amalfia (R.I.P.)” (taken from a notecard I got from Violet Boa)

The new DixMix Gallery from outside and first impressions from inside

Megan Prumier is a multimedia artist and very active builder. She’s in Second Life for more than 10 yers. Her skills are extended on the field of photography, mostly portraits on modern, minimal and even surreal Scenes. I did see quite a lot of Megan Prumier’s work already, mostly sims she built or was involved in. Just lately I saw Kiyori (read here) and Voodoo Land (read here). I saw Megan’s art last time at La Maison d’Aneli in Septmber 2019 (read here).

DixMix Source is from Brussels Belgium and is in Second Life for almost 14 years. He always had a gallery. He dscribes himself as “artist, photographer, director, musician and more

The DixMix Gallery has several areas. In the middle of the room is a large party space. There shall be a party every Saturday night. Adjacent to the party zone are the above mentioned 3 exhibtion rooms. The party zone itself is decorated with Megan Prumier’s art and has an open view into the 3 exhibition rooms. On the 2nd foor is a “chill out” area with a café and places to sit and meet surrounded by art of Mistero Hifeng. On the 2nd floor are 2 more exhibtion rooms. One showcases the art of Megan Prumier and of various other artists, one is didicated to DixMix Source’s own work.

Impressions of DixMix Gallery chill-out area (left pictures) / Megan Prumier’s art around the party area

I started my visit in the room Amona, which feature currently the art of Maloe Vansant. Maloe Vansant joined Second Life in 2007, a new world for her who had never played games or joined any social network site:
After creating little Maloe, my barbie doll, my pixel soul, I discovered the possibility of making snapshots and I started to make a graphic diary of Maloe’s journey in Second Life, showing the emotions she experienced in this pixel world. I think I succeeded in doing this by using some post processing in Photoshop. I am not a woman of many words, I try to express myself, my feelings, my passion and probably my dark side through my pictures.“

Maloe Vansant at DixMix Gallery September/October 2020

Maloe says about her exhibition at DixMix GalleryI let the visitor make his own story about them, for me, they thrive on my emotions and feelings of that moment.” Enough said, I think.

The room Amalfia features the art of Edie Horngold. It is the first time I came across Edie Horngold and I couldn’t find much about her. She’s in Second Life for over 11 years and began showing her art three years ago supported and encouraged by DixMix Source. Her pictures are quite artful, mostly showing beautiful female avatars or their faces. Edie adds something artful to them, something that changes the picture and gives it a new meaning, a new story.

Edie Horngold at DixMix Gallery September/October 2020

Cecilia Nansen’s work is shown in the room “Abby”. Cecilia Nansen joined Second Life over ten years ago, but took a long break from it. She returned four years ago and found her passion for pictures and learned how to process them. Cecilia Nansen and Maloe Vansant are close friends. I saw the exhibtion “Phenomenal Women” that both created together, just a months ago at at Itakos Project and Art Gallery (read here).

Cecilia Nansen at DixMix Gallery September/October 2020

Cecilia’s pictures are strictly held in black and white. They show erotic scenes mainly related to BDSM yet very stylish and not at all explicit. In her pictures Cecilia plays with light and shadow to highlight just parts. You can spin your own story around the scenes – highly erotic.

Megan Prumier’s room on the 2nd floor features her own art and some other artists like Bamboo Barnes, ariel Brearly and Del May.

Megan Prumier and other artists at DixMix Gallery September/October 2020

In the center of Megan Prumier’s room on the 2nd floor you find a virtine with an animated dancing figure. I did recognize it immediately as one of Theda Tammas dancers. I saw them at La Maison d’Aneli this summer (read here). Another scene of Theda Tammas is displayed in the center of DixMix Source own room on the 2nd floor. DixMix makes his exhibits on mesh linen clothes. This provides a 3D effect that I never saw before so far, very intriguing.

DixMix Source at DixMix Gallery September/October 2020

Theda Tammas will have an exhibition at DixMix Gallery, opening September 26th, in a seperate skybox called “Womb”. The teleporter is right where you land at the gallery but it is not yet opened.

That’s all about the new DixMix Gallery. It has become a longer entry and I shortened it already quite a lot. There is more information available on the website of the DixMix Gallery.

Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the gallery, thank you Megan for building it and for contributing at it and thank you Violet for the hint and the information folder. I enjoyed my first visit to the new DixMix Gallery.

Landmark to Dixmix Gallery 2020
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
DixMix Gallery website
https://www.dixmixgallery.xyz/

Art in Second Life 2020 (19A) “Meant to Be” by Bamboo Barnes

On Saturday, April 11th, I went on a quick art tour again visiting. I visited Itakos Art Gallery to see a new exhibtion that was opened the day before – “Meant to Be” by Bamboo Barnes.

Together with the invitation I got a notecard with basic Informations about Bamboo Barnes as well as about the exhibtion itself: “Bamboo Barnes is a self-taught Japanese artist who has been working with digital images in Secondlife for some years, and also works with digital in real life. The first striking thing about her artwork is an incredible explosion of colors, deep and dense, spread as if on a fantastic palette with a surreal flavor.”

Bamboo is in Second Life for over 13 years already, painting software & photoshop are her best friends. Bamboo had many exhibtions and appearances in the Second Life art scene and in 2018 she had her first exhibition in real life: “I create what I see but maybe you won’t, they are about people’s reality and  mind.” Bamboo’s art is a mixture of abstract forms, of people and photographs. Most pictures are colourful and it is in the eye of the beholder what we see in her pictures. I saw her work the first time at La Maison d’Aneli during the Holiday season 2019/2020 (read here)

Impressions of “Meant to Be” by Bamboo Barnes at Itakos Art Gallery – Blue Pavillion

The exhibtion “Meant to Be” at Itakos Art Gallery shows mainly portrait pictures, portraits that are processed, changed, that are colourful and inspire to think and creat an own story for them. Same goes for the few pictures that are not restricted to faces or parts of faces: “Fantasies and very personal dreams speak of her life, they are imbued with emotion in telling her favorite themes : the confusion of life, hope, strange love .. but above all, what I read is a focus on abandonment.

The Itakos Art Gallery is owned and curated by Akim Alonzo. Actually it is a place for arts with 7 exhibition rooms or pavillons: White, Black, Grey, Blue, Orange, Purple, Green Pavillion. “Meant to Be” by Bamboo Barnes is shown in the blue pavillion. There’s also a website where new exhibtions are announced.

Landmark to Itakos Art Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ATL/173/191/1009
The Itakos Project and Art Gallery website
http://itakos.it/
More information about “Meant to Be” by Bamboo Barnes
http://itakos.it/index.php/2020/04/05/bamboo-barnes-meant-to-be/

Simploring 2019 (123) La Maison d’Aneli Holiday season 2019/2020

On Wednesday, December 11th, La Maison d’Aneli opened a new exhibtion that will be stay until January 11th. It features a joined installation, a witful and selfcritical journey by Yoon, Iono Allen, Theda Tammas and JadeYu Fhang about our Ego within Second Life “Lalawood – This could be Paradise”, a 3D installation by Tomm Pye, an exhibition of more classic sculptures and art by Willem Koba in the seperate room “La Serre” and paintings and pictures by Milly Sharpel, Tigerfish Rain, Bamboo Barnes and Vroum Short, who owns VeGaTal PLaNeT, the sim hosting La Maison d’Aneli.

I visited the joined exhibtion the day before it was opened and started my tour at the seperate exhibition room “La Serre” with the work from Willem Koba.
Willem sees himself not as an artist in real life nor in Second Life. He rather says he has a passion for art in both worlds and creates some stuff. At “La Serre” you can see reproductions of the art from famous artists like Salvador Dali, Antoni Gaubi, Jeff Koons, M. C. Escher and others along with pieces Willem created himself. I was intrigued in particular by being able to experience the famous stairs from M. C. Escher in 3D. I also smiled seeing the elefants with the long legs from Salvador Dali, which I just recently saw at Hotel California (see Simploring 2019 (116) Hotel California – Off the Grid). For some of the famous artists you can grab notecards with their biography and a short description of their work. Willem is quite modest as beside the art from famous artists some of his work is very creative and artful like the Notre Dame model.

La Maison d’Aneli Holiday season 2019/2020 – Willem Koba at “La Serre”

Vroum Short is a French SL artist since 2007. As mentioned above she created VeGeTaL PLaNet, the location of La Maison d’Aneli. VeGeTaL PLaNet is “a world where everything becomes possible and achievable where the barriers of reality fade away to let the imagination flood it with life. In her underwater exhibitions, living plant sculptures and luminous paintings, animated in 3D, mingle“.
Vroum Short’s art, currently exhibited at La Maison d’Aneli shows moving colourful abstract objects in 2D and 3D with particular light effects. It is great, just to watch how her art changes permanently and provides different views.

La Maison d’Aneli Holiday season 2019/2020 – Vroum Short

Milly Sharple is an artist and photographer from the UK in real life and has always enjoyed art and artistic expression. She’s in Second Life since 2008 and was perhaps one of the pioneers in introducing fractal art to Second Life. Milly established her own gallery “Fractal Insanity – The Art of Milly Sharple“.
Milly Sharple has also a passion for region design and building in Second Life and creates a yearly Winter sim called “Let it Snow!” (Let it Snow! A Winter Wonderland 2019). I lack time! Another place I have to visit *winks*
At La Maison d’Aneli we see portraits that are embedded in fractals, are mirrored and blurred and develop a particular facination.

La Maison d’Aneli Holiday season 2019/2020 – Milly Sharple

Tigerfish Rain is a graphic artist & creator, he’s also a Catwa Head Developer and in Second Life since 2010: “When I look at the universe, I see that each of us is a piece of art, and when these pieces come together, they form a whole …. one day, mankind will go beyond the stars and it will be with the help of science and art
Tigerfish’s corner at La Maison d’Aneli shows a mix between sience fiction, pictures from the space, portraits and fractals. It is snowing so that his art almost is a bit cold due to the environment.

La Maison d’Aneli Holiday season 2019/2020 – Tigerfish Rain

A centerpiece of La Maison d’Aneli Holiday season 2019/2020 is “Lalawood” created by the Lalala’s. The Lalala’s are 4 artists:
Theda Tammas – Simply the Queen of Lalawood!
Yoon (onyxxe) – The eloquent yet arrogant architect of Lalawood
Iono Allen – The great Dalai Lala with cinematic visions about Lalawood
JadeYu Fhang – Warrior
“Lalawood” is a little journey starting at the beginings of Second Life, the paradise, and explaining how the drama, the selfishness and the egomania from real life spread in Second Life and how people can and should fight sanctimonious preening. The critic doesn’t exclude artists. To maintain or regain the paradise you have to overcome your Ego, that’s the message. It is all accompanied with artful pictures and scupltures and you get some nice goodies to attach to your avatar. The involved artists, the “Lalala’s”, are quite renowned in Second Life but I won’t write about them here – I don’t want to foster their ego *winks*.

La Maison d’Aneli Holiday season 2019/2020 – “Lalawood” by Theda Tammas, Yoon (onyxxe), Iono Allen and JadeYu Fhang

Bamboo Barnes is in Second Life since 2007, painting software & photoshop are her best friends. Bamboo had many exhibtions and appearances in the Second Life art scene and in 2018 she had her first exhibition in real life: “I create what I see but maybe you won’t, they are about people’s reality and  mind.” Bamboo’s art is a mixture of abstract forms, of people and photographs. Most pictures are colourful and it is in the eye of the beholder what we see in her pictures. Some of them are intriguing for me.

La Maison d’Aneli Holiday season 2019/2020 – Bamboo Barnes

Tomm Pye is Dutch and in Second Life since 2017. He paints and designs in 3D. Tomm created a 3D installation in his corner of of the exhibtion at La Maison d’Aneli. It is a white room filled with red particles, blood plates. There’s some statues at the walls, in the center are several heads and a pumping heart, you can see something like the small bowel at on wall, you see a the bones of a thorax. Acutally I guess you find everything of the human body somewhere in Tomm’s installation. It is like walking through body. You have to see it yourself.

La Maison d’Aneli Holiday season 2019/2020 – Tomm Pye

La Maison d’Aneli is owned by Aneli Abeyante. Through her gallery she brings together all forms of creativity in RL and SL and the featured artists come from around the globe. Aneli’s intention is to “put her gallery in the service of artists, so that the world can be better, exchanges and meetings probably contribute even though it seems to be particles.
Thank you Aneli for this exhibition and thank you to all artists.
The current exhibition should be open during the Holiday season 2019/2020 until January. 11th. Enjoy your visit, if you go there yourself.

Landmark to La Maison d’Aneli
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Oak%20Park/101/136/3502